Special status for Andhra: 'Wear black badge and work one extra hour,' urges Chandrababu Naidu

File photo of Chandrababu Naidu. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

WION Web Team Delhi Mar 28, 2018, 04.14 PM (IST)

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu announced to begin a constructive agitation from Wednesday to April 6 over the issue of special category status to Andhra Pradesh.

He also urged everyone in the Andhra Pradesh state to "wear black badge and work one extra hour and show their protest", while addressing in the state assembly.

Naidu further said that his party will not make any compromise with state's interest.

"No compromise on state interests, there would be no stepping back on protecting people's rights," Naidu said.

He further added that he is willing to bear any insult for the sake of people and the state while addressing his Telugu Desam party, via teleconference.

"I am willing to bear any insult for the sake of people and the state," he said.

He further attacked Bhartiya Janata Party, YSR Congress party, and Jana Sena Party for not attending the all-party meeting, he said it "exposed their true colours."

"We will again call BJP, YSRCP & Jana Sena Party for the next meeting. If needed, our ministers will go and call them. If they don't attend the meeting they will be seen as traitors by people", he added.

Naidu also cried foul over Centre "counter-attacking" them instead of giving justice.

"Even though MPs displayed their strength by showing blue coloured number signs for admitting No-Confidence motion, it is very undemocratic to adjourn the House like this. I am asking for the justice. Instead of doing that, the centre and the Bharatiya Janata Party are counter-attacking us," Naidu said.

The TDP president also demanded that the Centre must fulfil 19 aspects of AP Reorganisation Act and assurances made in Rajya Sabha including Special Category Status.

"It is a fight concerning 5 crore people of Andhra Pradesh," the chief minister said. "It is linked to sentiments of AP people. I have faced several crisis in my life and overcame them efficiently. It was Telugu Desam Party which got Sarkaria Commission's recommendations implemented. TDP redefined centre-state relations," he added.

(With inputs from ANI)